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katcallsNorth VancouverSince December 31, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
It's gone downhill
Submitted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:39am [Dine in]

I've been a semi regular at the Black Bear for the last year and I agree with the other reviews - it's gone downhill.

If all you want is a beer and a chat with some friends, the place is fine. But the food quality has really gone downhill in the last year and it's no longer a place I'll go for food. Plus, they are changed the menu to have "tapas" or smaller plates, but I think it's just a way for them to get more revenue by forcing people to add fries, salad to an order where they used to come for free with the dish. Almost $10 for 5 ribs and a tablespoon of coleslaw is not right.

From the sounds of the reviews on this site, the BB better smarten up or they are in danger of losing their most valuable clientelle completely - the regulars.

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
Great place
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I used to work around the corner from the Thai Cafe and I've eaten there at least 20 times.

The quality of the food is excellent. You can tell that the sauces are made in-house, and nothing is overcooked or soft when it comes to your table. Ingredients are always fresh.

I've tried a lot of items on the menue but always go back to the sweet and sour chicken, which is never gloopy. Also excellent are the chicken and cashew stir fry, the glass noodle salad, the lettuce wraps and the stir fried eggplant. I've never really had anything bad here.

Lunch specials, which include soup, rice and a spring roll, are great values.

Ambiance is not fabulous - but that's not why you're here. The wine list offers some pretty decent options for such a small joint. The place is run by a friendly Thai family.

I challenge anyone to find a better Thai place in Vancouver.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I see it's been a while since anyone reviewed this place. I ended up down here after a hockey game the other day and was pleasantly surprised.

I know that this place moved from across the street a while ago, making some people unhappy but I was pretty impressed with it. We were greeted at the door by a lovely guy who helped us get room for 6 people on a busy night. The waitress was great - really attentive - and the drinks flowed quickly.

A few of us were pretty hungry. I tried the bangers and mash and was pretty impressed. The sausages were great, and the gravy was really delicious. The other members of our team were also happy with their meals. Considering the fact that it's an up-scale Irish pub, the prices were decent as well.

Ambiance was great - it's a lovely space, and a group of 3 musicians played Irish reels throughout most of the evening.

All in all, I give this place a solid passing grade.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Good ramen, without the wait
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at Benkei probably about half a dozen times in the last 8 months or so. I used to go to Kintaro, but the waits are just a joke, and Benkei has improved so much in the last few months that Kintaro is no longer worth the wait.

I always have the same thing - their miso ramen. Unlike other ramen places I've been to, here you have to order some toppings which elsewhere would be included. The miso ramen comes with onions, noodles of course, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots and a slice or two of pork. Corn? Egg? Anything else? It's all extra which honestly I think a bit cheap of the owner. It's because of this that I only gave the value as solid.

The soup itself though is improving. A few months ago I would add lots of the extra chili and garlic which is offered (for free - the only topping that is). On my latest trip, I found that the broth had improved so much that just a little garlic was needed. Overall, quality of food tends to be good.

The service here, though, has always been excellent. Everytime that I've been the staff has been welcoming, attentive and very polite. They push you out the door pretty quickly, but it's been like that in all ramen joints I've eaten at. The only complaint on service is that this last time the shouting of hello and thank you and goodbye has gotten to a fevered pitch. Screaming is not needed guys! But thanks for being so polite anyways.

Overall, this place is improving and worth the visit. I'll be back.

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Sen Sushi1855 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Great little joint
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

I eat from Sen Sushi about once every couple of weeks. I give them a call, get in the car and the takeaway order is ready for me when I arrive.

The other reviews are right. This little hole in the wall offers great food at awesome prices. The fish is always fresh, and everything I've had from here has been great. I usually get a gomaae (sp?), some nigiri sushi, sunomono and the tuna tataki. Never a complaint, especially when you take a look at your bill. The prices are unbelievable.

The couple who run the shop are always friendly and personable. I completely understand why this little place has such a fan base.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great little find.
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 7:55am [Dine in]

I tried this place after the reviews found here, and I had a great experience.

I arrived at 730 on a Tuesday night with a friend and we nabbed the last table in the room - a good omen that they are so busy mid week.

After I spent 2 months in India last year, I had turned a little bit off of Indian food, mostly because I got so sick while I was there and the highly spiced food was hard to take for a while.

I'm happy to report that I'm back to eating Indian food after eating here. We started by sharing the veggie samosas, which were huge and very nice, if just a tad greasy. They came with two nice sauces for dipping.

For our mains, we shared the butter chicken, eggplant bhartha, some rice and a garlic and basil naan. All the food was solid. The only complaint I have is that we asked for the chicken to be made with moderate spice, but that really didn't come through - it was pretty mild if still quite good. The naan, however, was superlative - light and tasty and just perfect.

Service was decent if busy with other tables, and someone whom I assumed was the owner came over and said hello. This place also has a decent wine list and a choice of nice Indian cocktails all at a decent price.

A small joint, but they obviously have got quite a few things right. I'll come back for sure.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Sexy little room - great service
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 7:44am [Dine in]

I had to do a quick write up after the reviews below saying that the service here is bad.

I went to Jules a few weeks ago on a weeknight. I found the food, atmosphere and service was well above par. I had the goat cheese and roasted red pepper salad and the mussels and both were really solid. The salad wasn't really what I expected - I thought there would be more greens - but it was decently made and delicate. When I mentioned casually to the server that I was expecting more of a salad salad, he asked me right away if I would prefer something else. I didn't - what I got was fine - but I appreciated the gesture.

The mussels were also very good, and the fries were abundant and not greasy. My friend and I had a good glass of red at the recommendation of the server and my friend enjoyed her prix fix meal of salad, salmon and fries and a chocolate tarte.

The one thing that put this place above others is the service. I thought it was exceptional. It was quiet, attentive, welcoming. The owner seemed to run the place like a machine, and he popped by to say hello and ask us how our meal was going. I never had to ask for water, or for a refill, or pretty much anything. I'm sorry to hear that the previous diner had a bad time with the service, but our experience was the total opposite.

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